When people relocate to a new area, they have a very long list of things that they move with them, and another list of new contacts they need to make. Finding a new dentist is on the second list and because it involves a fair bit of research, it can be easy to put it off, especially if the new location is a big and busy city.
Moving to a large urban area, such as central London, means being spoilt for choice regarding the number of dentists. It means having to somehow find out which one is right and even going to visit a dentist in Harley Street, perhaps several, in order to find the one that really suits. Harley Street is a well-known medical street in London and houses several dentists, including Harley Street Dental Clinic.
All UK dentists are registered with the General Dental Council. Each dentist has their own registration number, which means it is possible to look them up on the GDC website. The registration number is under each dentist’s photo on the dental practice website. Patients can find out where and when each dentist trained and their qualifications.
Most dental clinic websites also say whether they have been checked by the Care Quality Commission. Look for a link to the CQC’s most recent report on the practice.
Also, most practices these days have a virtual tour of the clinic. Virtual visitors can wander down past reception, along the corridors and peek inside the various surgeries and check out the equipment. Having a good look at a dental clinic’s website will help create a short list of places to visit in the search for a dentist in Harley Street.
The next step is to go in person to look at the practice and hopefully meet some of the people who poke around among teeth and tongue while their patients lie back and gaze at the big light above them. It’s a good idea to get a physical feeling for the place, whether trust can be built and if the staff are likeable. How do the receptionists treat people who wander in off the street? Are they welcoming to prospective patients?